Let’s face it, traveling today is an exercise in patience and planning. At one time, we may have been able take lavish vacations, not worrying about how much we were spending, but now we may have to settle for a weekend getaway. After we penny pinch ourselves to death, we wonder if it is even worth spending a few days away for all the trouble we’ve gone through trying to save a few dollars.
How to save a few dollars
One way to save money and still have the time of your life would be to take an all-inclusive vacation. There’s an all-inclusive for just about every budget. What does all-inclusive mean? It means you generally pay one price for everything. Once you’ve done that, you can relax and enjoy the rest of your vacation without having to worry about paying for every little thing. There are also themed all-inclusive packages for weddings, couples, and kids.
Most all-inclusive vacations include:
Your hotel – including hotel tax
Three meals a day – some meals are provided buffet style
24 hour room service – most of the higher end resorts offer this service
Beverages = both alcoholic and non alcoholic
Daily activities and nightly entertainment
Tips – Most resorts have a no tipping policy
Let’s get a jump-start on your research and take a peek at some of the more popular all-inclusive resorts known for providing good service and reasonable prices:
Excellence Punta Cana – This resort is an adults’ only playground located on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. With 450 suites designed for weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries and intimate endeavors along with seven all-inclusive dining facilities complete with water sports and live entertainment you’ll enjoy some well deserved fun. Topping it all off is the 24 hour room service and you can’t go wrong. According to allinclusiveoutlet.com, leaving from Chicago the all-inclusive cost is around $1,572.00 per person, this includes airfare. Taxes are included. Airport and hotel transfers are not included. ( as of 8/19/10 )
Dreams Riviera Cancun
A great time for the whole family is what Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa has to offer with 485 plush suites, 24 hour room service, day and night time activities that include optional spa treatments at the on-site spa garden. Drinks are also included in the form of premium free flowing cocktails. No need to break your fitness routine here as they also offer a fully equipped fitness center.
Kids can have their fun as well in the Explorer Kids Club for ages 3-12. Leaving from Chicago the all-inclusive cost including airfare is around $1,146.00 per person. Taxes are included. Airport and hotel transfers are not included. ( as of 8/19/10 )
Budget Travel Magazine offers these reasonably priced all-inclusive deals
Caribbean Cruise, Air/10 Nights, From $1,449
Fall and winter departures make stops in St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Barbados, Dominica, and St. Maarten. >> Book by: January 14, 2011
London and Dubai, Air/6 Nights, From $1,459
This unusual pairing divides your time between two exciting cities. >> Book by: October 31, 2010
Cozumel, Air/4 Nights, From $459
Stay on this island off Mexico’s Caribbean coast, near some terrific spots for scuba diving. >> Book by: December 15, 2010
Prague, Air/6 Nights, From $749
A week in the Czech capital means there’s plenty of time to visit old-world attractions like Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town Square. >> Book by: December 19, 2010
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